Leukapheresis Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022 - 2027)

The Leukapheresis Market is Segmented by Type (Leukapheresis Devices (Apheresis Devices, Leukapheresis Columns and Cell Separators, and Leukoreduction Filters) and Leukapheresis Disposables)), Application (Therapeutic Applications, Research Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value in USD million for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Leukapheresis Market Size
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.5 %

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Market Overview

The leukapheresis market is expected to register a CAGR of nearly 7.5% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the market as leukapheresis is a laboratory procedure in which white blood cells, including leukemia cells, are separated from the blood. One symptom of COVID-19 is a reduction in the number of cells called lymphocytes in the blood. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that fights infections. With fewer lymphocytes, the body cannot effectively fight back against SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In May 2020, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) initiated a clinical study to identify how SARS-CoV-2 affects lymphocytes, the immune, and the blood clotting system using the leukapheresis technique by collecting white blood cells from the patients who recovered from COVID-19. Currently, the study is enrolling participants and being conducted at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Also, in April 2020, the combination of Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies’ centrifugal apheresis system and the adsorption cartridge of partner company Marker Therapeutics (Switzerland) received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating COVID-19. Thus, considering the significant use of leukapheresis in COVID-19, the market is expected to have steady growth during the forecast period.

The rising incidence of leukemia disorders is expected to boost the demand by increasing the usage rates of leukapheresis machines and kits. Incidence of leukemia is the highest among white people and the lowest among Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans in both men and women. It is the highest among men than women. Some of the signs and symptoms of leukemia are fatigue and weakness, bleeding from gums, trauma, bruising, fever, and weight loss.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2020), every 3 minutes, one person in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. According to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), in 2022, the country is estimated to record 6,660 cases of acute lymphocytic leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, 60,530 were diagnosed with leukemia in 2020. In addition, according to Cancer Australia (August 2020), by the end of 2020, 4,527 new cases of leukemia were diagnosed in Australia, including 2,734 men and 1,793 women, compared to 1,958 total diagnosed cases in 2019. Hence, the rising burden of leukemia is creating the need for advanced therapeutics based on leukapheresis for treatment, which is expected to drive the market’s growth over the forecast period.

However, the high cost of therapeutic leukapheresis and stringent regulatory issues for donor recruitment are expected to hinder the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Leukapheresis is a laboratory procedure where white blood cells, including leukemia cells, are separated from the blood. The market is segmented by type, application, and geography. The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 countries across major regions globally. The report offers the value in USD million for the above segments.

By Type
Leukapheresis Devices
Apheresis Devices
Leukapheresis Columns and Cell Separators
Leukoreduction Filters
Leukapheresis Disposables
By Application
Therapeutic Applications
Research Applications
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Apheresis Device Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Leukapheresis Market

Apheresis devices are used to collect and separate blood components for therapeutic and donation procedures. The devices are inbuilt with some safety units, such as an optical fluid level detector, ultrasonic air-bubble detectors, dry heat fluid warmers, and pressure sensors.

COVID-19 is likely to have a profound impact on the segment studied. This technique is now widely used to treat COVID-19 as a plasma therapy. For instance, medical equipment that carries out the apheresis procedure was installed at the Government Medical College Hospital t near Thrissur, Kerala (India), in May 2020, and the technique was used for the first time in India to administer plasma to a 51-year-old man who was suffering from COVID-19.

Furthermore, many companies are focusing on launching new products, contributing to the market’s growth. As per a May 2020 news article, researchers at the University of Houston (UH) are developing a new device to treat babies with blood disorders by adapting microfluidic technology. This technology can help leukapheresis to increase access to cell-based therapies, which may increase its demand in the future.

For instance, in August 2020, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) approved the use of an apheresis machine to extract blood plasma in Goa for critically ill COVID-19 patients. In April 2020, Terumo BCT Inc. and Marker Therapeutics AG received the US FDA approval for the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Terumo BCT’s Spectra Optia Apheresis System combined with Marker Therapeutics’ D2000 Adsorption Cartridge to treat COVID-19 patients aged 18 years or above.

The expansion of key market players is another reason for the market’s growth. For instance, in January 2020, Fresenius Kabi expanded the transfusion and apheresis disposables plant in the Dominican Republic. Hence, due to such factors, along with rising technological advancements, the apheresis device segment is expected to witness growth during the forecast period.

Leukapheresis Market Trends

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market During the Forecast Period

North America is expected to hold a large market share in the leukapheresis market due to the rising geriatric population and increasing prevalence and incidence of leukemia in the region. According to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), in 2022, approximately 60,650 people are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia.

According to the Terry Fox Research Institute, an estimated 21,700 people were diagnosed with blood cancers in Canada in 2019. These cancers affect people of all ages, and survival rates are highly dependent on the type of blood cancer. It is estimated that 7,500 Canadians die from blood cancers, making them the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country.

Moreover, market players are frequently launching novel products. For instance, in October 2020, Discovery Life Sciences, a US-based company, launched its GMP-compliant Discovery Leukopaks and other cell-based products for use in the human cell and gene therapy research, development, and manufacturing programs. Leukopak is an enriched leukapheresis product collected from normal peripheral blood. Similarly, in January 2020, Health Canada approved AstraZeneca Canada's Calquence, an oral Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, to treat adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In October 2020, Haemonetics Corporation announced that it had received US FDA 510(k) clearance for NexSys PCS system with Persona technology.

Thus, such factors are likely to boost the North American leukapheresis market substantially during the forecast period.

Leukapheresis Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The leukapheresis market is consolidated, competitive, and consists of a few major players. A few major players are currently dominating the market in terms of market share. New product developments, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are some strategies adopted by industry players. Some companies currently dominating the market are Asahi Kasei Medical Co. Ltd, Haemonetics Corporation, Terumo BCT Inc., STEMCELL Technologies Inc., Macopharma, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, HemaCare, Key Biologics LLC, AllCells, and StemExpress.

Recent Developments

In February 2022, Cryoport Inc. entered a strategic partnership with Cell Matters SA to deliver end-to-end cryopreservation services for leukapheresis-derived therapies supporting both autologous and allogeneic cell therapies to the life sciences industry.

In July 2021, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies announced a direct offering for physicians to perform extracorporeal photopheresis immunotherapy (ECP)​ procedures at the patient's bedside. The company has expanded the functionality of Spectra Optia. The UVA PIT System ECP can now be performed using these devices as a functionally closed, online, multistep system with mononuclear cell collection (MNC) and continuous mononuclear cell collection (CMNC) protocols.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Prevalence of Leukemia

      2. 4.2.2 Growing Demand for Leukopaks in Clinical Research Activities

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Cost of Therapeutic Leukapheresis

      2. 4.3.2 Stringent Regulatory Issues for Donor Recruitment

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value – USD million)

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Leukapheresis Devices

        1. Apheresis Devices

        2. Leukapheresis Columns and Cell Separators

        3. Leukoreduction Filters

      2. 5.1.2 Leukapheresis Disposables

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Therapeutic Applications

      2. 5.2.2 Research Applications

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Asahi Kasei Medical Co. Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 B. Braun Melsungen AG

      3. 6.1.3 BioIVT LLC

      4. 6.1.4 Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

      5. 6.1.5 Haemonetics Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Kaneka Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Cellero LLC

      8. 6.1.8 Macopharma

      9. 6.1.9 Medica SPA

      10. 6.1.10 Miltenyi Biotec

      11. 6.1.11 STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 StemExpress

      13. 6.1.13 Sumitomo Bakelite Company Limited (Kawasumi Laboratories Inc.)

      14. 6.1.14 Terumo BCT Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape Covers - Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Leukapheresis Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Global Leukapheresis Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Asahi Kasei Medical Co. Ltd, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Haemonetics Corporation, Macopharma, Terumo BCT Inc. are the major companies operating in Global Leukapheresis Market .

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